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Dr. Michael A. Diamond will discuss his new book, Discovering Organizational Identity: Dynamics of Relational Attachment, at the L.J.Gould Center for Systems-Psychoanalytic Studies on February 22, 2017. Developed from over 35 years of organizational research and consultation from a psychoanalytic lens inside public, private, and nonprofit organizations, the idea of discovering organizational identity will be introduced, discussed, and illustrated with several case vignettes. Key concepts and applications from contemporary object relations and relational psychoanalysis will be presented as well.

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 11:30AM to 1PM
Location: IPTAR Conference Room
1651 Third Ave–Suite 205,
bet E 92nd & 93rd Streets
(Subways: 4/5 to 86th St. or 6 to 96th St.)

CE Credits Available

Dr. Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organization Studies and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change (CSOC) at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1981. He has taught graduate (MPA and PhD) courses in organizational analysis and change, organization studies, logics of inquiry, readings in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, a practicum in organizational diagnosis, group dynamics and conflict resolution, organizational dynamics and leadership, among others. His 35 years of writing and research are focused on the nexus of psychoanalysis, organizational politics and culture. Following publication of his (1993) book, The Unconscious Life of Organizations, Diamond was awarded the 1994 Harry Levinson Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He also received the 1999 William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Faculty-Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has authored and co-authored several books including (2016) Discovering Organizational Identity: Dynamics of Relational Attachment, University of Missouri Press. His (2009) book is entitled: Private Selves in Public Organizations: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Diagnosis and Change, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan. He is a practicing organizational consultant working with public, private, and nonprofit organizations. He is past co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of Public Administration and is currently on the editorial boards of Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, Organisational and Social Dynamics, and Administration & Society. He is past-president and founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and past member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Divisions in Consulting Psychology (13) and in Psychoanalysis (39). He is chief editor of the Advances in Organizational Psychodynamics book series published by The University of Missouri Press (UMP). He lives and works in New York City.


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